Marching to change

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to the renowned scarlet-coated Chelsea Pensioners, was founded during the reign of King Charles II, enlarged by King James II and completed by King William and Queen Mary in 1692. Currently caring for 306 veteran soldiers, the institution is situated just off Sloane Square in the heart of the London and is one of the city’s few buildings still used for its original purpose. The Care Standards Act 2000, which covers all areas of institutional residential and nursing care, was put in place in a major effort to regularise and improve standards to a particularly vulnerable group of people. The National Minimum Standards, which followed the legislation, were designed to improve areas such as leadership and management, training and care processes in homes. One of the major implications for the Royal Hospital Chelsea has been the Standards’ environmental requirements, which stipulate that care must be delivered in single rooms of a minimum size, with more privacy around bathing a

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